A Note on Dickens

May 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm (Uncategorized)

Without wanting to start a mutual admiration society here, I’d like to direct people to a post on the Dictatorship Now blog which makes mentions on a piece I wrote on Dickens.

Like Shalken of Dictatorship Now, I haven’t read a great deal of Dickens. I did try to read A Tale of Two Cities once, but didn’t make it beyond the first few chapters.  Shalknen mentioned Hard Times as an excellent “backwards-looking critique of capitalism” along with Elizabeth Gaitskill’s North and South (both published the same year).

So, if you’ve read The Hunger Games, and are almost finished battling through A Song of Fire and Ice, here’s some important summer reading.




  1. bigchieftablet said,

    I am currently deep in a love affair with Dickens, have read many of his books, and carry on living mostly so that I can read the others.

    It’s no good watching a BBC adaptation, or reading a few chapters, you have to immerse yourself in the man! For decades to come! If you like, I mean: each to their own, obviously! This is good:


    • fischerzed said,

      But I love those BBC adaptations!

      Seriously though, my free time is on the verge of becoming, well, more open. What would you recommend reading by Dickens?

  2. bigchieftablet said,

    Ha ha, some are indeed very good, but for me, they miss the magic somehow. Bleak House and Great Expectations are widely regarded as his best, and for good reason – they are very good indeed. Probably best to start with them. But it’s hard to say as I love the other ones so much too: especially Pickwick Papers, Dombey and Son, Old Curiosity Shop, and David Copperfield – which was Dickens’s own favourite too, if his taste is any better guide than mine!

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